Recruiting Roles: Title Variable


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Position description

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. All applications must be submitted by Friday, April 12th 2024, EOD.

The Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) is looking to make a recruiting hire to expand our in-house recruiting function and help us attract top talent. We’re ideally looking for someone with professional experience in relevant domains, but we’re also open to hiring for a more junior version of this role—hence why the title of this role is variable. In all cases, this person would start off as the only staff member 100% staffed to recruiting, and they would have significant opportunities to shape and contribute to CEA’s recruiting function.

We’re the largest and primary organisation working on meta-level effective altruism with an established track record of delivering highly impactful programs. We have a budget of about $30 million but a relatively lean team of around 40 staff; CEA team members have high levels of responsibility, and finding high performing talent is essential to our continued success. The importance of recruiting is being heightened, as the team is entering a new era as we take on a new CEO and begin the process of spinning out from Effective Ventures to become an independent organisation. This means that in addition to our pre-existing recruiting needs, our spin out will create increased demand as we move various operations functions in-house (such as finance, payroll, and legal). We’re entering one of the largest hiring bursts in CEA’s history, and the person in this role will play a key role in ensuring we’re able to find and attract the top talent we need to be successful in our mission.

What would you do?

This role would involve supporting our recruiting efforts, with the potential to eventually build an in-house recruiting team to support us as we streamline and professionalise our organisation.

Your high-level responsibilities would include:

  • Managing hiring rounds: helping to launch and publicise various open roles, project managing the rounds themselves, and supporting hiring managers in evaluating candidates.
  • Outreach: help us source leads for roles, track talent, and do the necessary relationship building to help us find excellent candidates for hiring rounds.
  • Maintaining and improving our recruiting systems: we want to maintain and build world-class systems to track candidates and push forward hiring rounds as efficiently as possible.

They might also eventually include (and may initially include for candidates with enough experience):

  • Strategic planning: you’ll be responsible for giving input to leadership to decide which hiring rounds to prioritise, and helping to enforce high quality hiring standards across the organisation.
  • Hiring round design: help us craft and execute high-quality evaluation processes to enable us to select for the right qualities

As we build capacity, we can also imagine pivoting to support headhunting and recruiting more widely across high-impact roles in other organisations as well as our own.

About you

You might be a good fit for this role if you:

  • Are organised and excited by operational excellence: you enjoy managing projects in a fast-paced environment, and are comfortable in making tough decisions and trade-offs under tight time pressure.
  • Have strong people skills: you excel at building and maintaining professional relationships, and feel equipped to get candidates excited about working at CEA.
  • Enjoy designing and implementing systems: you feel excited about setting up and improving our recruiting flows, and have a knack for making systems robust, efficient, and intuitive.
  • Are able to take on a user focus: you will be working on a core function that services the rest of our staff and their recruiting needs, and you should feel ready to instil high standards and bring a customer service-focused attitude.
  • Have strong interpersonal skills and judgement: you feel comfortable talking to different types of people and feel able to judge when people are and aren’t good fits for certain roles.
  • Have an understanding of effective altruism and associated ideas: we expect the strongest candidates to be motivated by increasing their impact and helping others increase their impact.

Experience with recruiting or HR isn’t strictly required, though it’s certainly a plus. We’d be excited to take on a talented generalist who’s eager to get up to speed on our culture and learn on the job.

Other information

  • This is a full-time, remote position. We prefer applicants who are able to work in time zones between US Pacific Time and CET.
  • If candidates would prefer to work from the UK, we welcome applicants from overseas and we’ll sponsor visas where possible. We may be able to sponsor visas to work in the US for some candidates.
  • We’d ideally have you start as soon as possible, but can be flexible for the right candidate.
  • Our application process may include: one or more trial tasks, interviews, a reference check, and a multi-day work trial for the top candidates.
  • We are currently reviewing our compensation policies, and compensation may be subject to change. In particular, we may be willing to pay more for candidates with certain relevant experience. Based on our historical policy, the compensation range for candidates (depending on experience) working from the Oxford office would be £44,000 - £72,930, comprising £40,000 - £66,300 in salary with an unconditional 10% pension contribution. Salary ranges for remote employees would vary by location. US salaries currently vary significantly based on location. Depending on both the cost of living of the candidate's location and on experience, we think the total compensation for this role could range from $66,000 - $113,740 also comprising a base salary and a 10% 401k contribution.
  • Benefits include private insurance, flexible work hours, a £5,000 / $6,000 annual professional development allowance, a £5,000 / $6,000 mental health support allowance, extended parental leave, ergonomic equipment, 10% pension / 401k contribution, 25 days of paid vacation, and more.
  • We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. We especially encourage applications from self-identified women and people of colour who are excited about contributing to our mission. The Centre for Effective Altruism is an equal opportunity employer. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, or have any other questions about applying, please contact
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